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Westlake High School Team To Compete In Science Olympiad

Westlake High School science students prepare for an event at a regional Science Olympiad being held this weekend. The 14-member team will build a bridge and a ping pong ball flinging device at the competition in Armonk.
Westlake High School science students prepare for an event at a regional Science Olympiad being held this weekend. The 14-member team will build a bridge and a ping pong ball flinging device at the competition in Armonk. Photo Credit: Westlake High School/Facebook

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- A team of Mount Pleasant students will be building bridges and ping pong ball flinging devices this weekend at a science Olympiad, say local educators.

Fourteen students from Westlake High School will be taking part as a team in 21 events at the lower Hudson Valley regionals on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Byram Hills High School in Armonk.

According to Ray Szczerba, a 9th-grade Earth sciences teacher, the team has been preparing for the competition since October.

He, and 8th-grade biology teacher Tom Hall, have been coaching the kids, who will have to, among other things, demonstrate an air-powered “launcher” that will toss ping pong balls a certain number of feet.

They will also have to build bridges that can hold a certain amount of weight, Szczerba said, and take tests on subjects ranging from anatomy and physiology to forensics and fossils.

Participating with be dozens of teams from schools around the county, he said.

Ribbons will be awarded and the team with the most will get to go on to the state-level competition sponsored by the New York State Science Olympiad, a nonprofit educational organization.

Middle school students from Mount Pleasant will be participating in their regional competition in late February, Szczerba said.

That event will be held at Scarsdale High School.

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